Pokemon Go Health Benefits? That’s Stretching It!

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Four Pokemon Go Health Benefits is an article that I read in today’s daily alerts of Pharmacy Times.   Dr. Matt Hoffman, a clinical professor in the College of Nursing at Texas A&M Health Science Center, is now being also referred as a Pokemon Professor.

Since individuals are getting outside while playing the game and connecting with others for help on how to catch these “Critters”, Dr. Hoffman believe Pokemon Go created a new social community.

I read where two men fell off a bluff in California attempting to catch a particular Pokemon.  People are walking into trees, engaged in dangerous trespassing, and are becoming distracted pedestrians while playing one of the most addictive games ever created.  Others are playing while driving or when walking being lured by crooks and losing their belongings.

The “Pokemon Professor” has listed four major health benefits to playing Pokemon Go.  The major benefit is getting physical activity, walking to earn rewards.  A second benefit is a possibility of improving cognitive development.  How?  The game blends playing with strategy and planning.  Thirdly, this popular game has the potential for reducing depression.  Social interaction and activity are two key components for good mental health; Pokemon supposedly provides that.  Lastly, it could have positive effects on those afflicted with autism.  Again this game helps autistic people socialize and rid themselves of rigid routines.

Are we now that dependent on electronic apparatus to motivate us to proper health?  Take up running, jogging or a brisk walk without the distraction of your eye peeled onto a cell phone.  Cognitive development is important.  So read a book, then write something.  Learn to play a musical instrument.  Take up art and draw, paint, or sculpture.  That is excellent cognitive development.  One may overcome depression by helping others, volunteer, seek out others by reaching out.  Activity helps, so play tennis, golf, walk with someone, walk your dog, and take the time to think what you may do.  Autism?  Same thing.  I know of a talented and caring artist who has successfully enlightened a severely autistic child by teaching him to paint.

physical activityDoes humanity truly need electronics now to inspire us to physical and social activity?  A make-believe critter provides the stimulus to get people outside, provides an exclusive support group, and an even playing field for competition.